By David Crowe, originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 18th January 2021. A surge in donations at the last federal election has taken the resource industry’s political payments to $136.8 million over two decades and a new analysis has named the sector as the biggest donor in Australian politics. Mining and gas companies… Read More
Originally published on the 23rd of August by 9Now.
By the ABC, originally posted on the 27th of August. A key crossbench MP says the State Government has approached her with a compromise proposal which would allow the state of emergency to be extended by a further six months, rather than a year as originally proposed. Key points: Reason Party leader Fiona Patten said… Read More
By Mike Seccombe, originally published in the Saturday Paper 29th August 2020. “Kevin Andrews under pressure to quit over branch stacking allegations”. It’s a headline that could have appeared this week on a story about the Christian right’s efforts to seize power within the Victorian branch of the Liberal Party, except it didn’t. It actually… Read More
Interview with Geoffrey Watson SC by Rafael Epstein, ABC Radio Melbourne Drive. Monday 24th August 2020. Link here
By Anthony Whealy, originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 7th August 2020. In the midst of a dangerous pandemic we are beset by concerns for our health and the welfare of our families. In this environment it has been easy to lose focus on other issues that in normal times might concern us… Read More
By Andrew Probyn, originally broadcast on 7.30 Report on 22nd July 2020. ANDREW PROBYN, POLITICAL EDITOR: Torquay, on Victoria’s rugged coast, has seen many a ding-dong battle. (Vision of a surfing competition at Bells Beach) Bells Beach, not far from Torquay, has some of the world’s most challenging surf – a fact celebrated in celluloid.… Read More
By Katie Burgess, originally published in the Canberra Times 10 July 2020. Transparency advocates have raised fears about the growing concentration of ministerial power during the coronavirus pandemic, with large amounts of money being spent in a short period of time with little oversight or accountability. Full article here.
By Rob Harris, originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald 6th July 2020. Federal Parliament could be able to sit virtually by the time it returns in August, with detailed planning under way to allow MPs and senators to speak and vote in both chambers without physically being in Canberra. Parliamentary officials have been working… Read More
Opinion piece by Stephen Charles, originally published in the Guardian 19th June 2020. The government’s proposed commonwealth integrity commission will be ‘the weakest and most ineffective such body in this country’ This week’s allegations of systemic branch-stacking and misuse of public money again show the urgent need for stronger anti-corruption measures – not only in… Read More